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Dive Review of Bon Bini/Lion's Dive in

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Clay Coleman, LA, USA
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Report Number 1208
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Extensive Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum 100' recommendation for boat dives, otherwise none.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Bon Bini boats carried a small ice chest for fresh water rinse, which was
grossly inadequate. Even small rigs like Nikonos or Motormarine/single
strobe setups were a tight fit. Housed cameras could not be rinsed. Dive
crew sometimes stacked cameras on top of each other to the point that the
uppermost cameras were not close to the rinse water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
My experience with American Airlines (Miami/San Jaun/Bonaire itinerary)
makes me long for the days of ALM. Late flights, cancelled flights, endless
delays, and lame excuses (we're waiting for someone to put 2 quarts of oil
in our right engine [snicker, snicker]). There were 16 divers in our group
and not a single checked bag arrived with us. Attempts to contact the
airline on the island failed, and even attampts to track the bags from a
representative in Miami were fruitless. However, the bags arrived on the
next evening's flight. We noticed that about 15 folks from that arriving
flight did not have their luggage, so it seems that the American Eagle
flight from San Juan operates on a day-late schedule for luggage. We told
Bon Bini of our plight, were set up with rudimentary gear, and were charged
full price for the rental. The house reef from Buddy Dive to Capt. Don's is
pretty ragged, but it's still an interesting dive. Reefs on Klein and
elsewhere looked as pristine as ever to me despite reports of damage from
sewage. Friendly staff. Lion's Den restaurant is excellent. I've been to
Bonaire many times, and I still enjoy the island and the diving, but I
won't return until better air service is available.
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